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A nuclear fusion reactor is the best shot at a sustainable future

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If I asked you what are the most valuable currencies out there, you’d probably answer: “time and money.” But there’s a third fundamental asset, one we rarely mention because we take it for granted: energy.

Energy cooks your food, charges your devices, and flies you across the planet. In other…

The Color of Climate

Environmental justice activists are ‘cautiously optimistic’

Indigenous protesters march to the site of a sacred burial ground that was disturbed by the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on September 4, 2016 near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo illustration. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from OneZero exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

Environmental justice activists in the United States celebrated two monumental wins in the fight against fossil fuels this week. The construction of two…

The company behind the controversial tar sands oil pipeline is hosting its digital infrastructure and developing A.I. and automation tools with Amazon Web Services

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Amazon has cemented a partnership with the company that owns the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, recently announcing that TC Energy is “going all-in” on Amazon Web Services. The Canadian pipeline corporation, formerly known as TransCanada, has “migrated almost 90 percent of its corporate and commercial applications” to Amazon Web Services…

The role of RECs, the concept of “additionality”, and their impact on the earth

Solar panels roofs in Apple’s Cupertino Headquarters. Photo: Apple

Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft — five companies that arguably make up “big tech” — say they are either already powered by 100% renewable energy or are close to getting there.

Together, these companies own and operate more than a hundred data centers (each the size of multiple football…

Researchers argue that new technology and greater efficiency could offset energy demands

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The climate impact of the data centers that host the internet might be overstated, a new paper argues.

For those who spend much of their lives online and care about the future of life on Earth, one of the most alarming realities of the digital age is the climate impact…

If it can be scaled up, Air-gen technology could power everything from iPhones to car charging stations

Image: UMass Amherst/Yao and Lovley Labs

Green energy, as far as we’ve implemented it, is at best a shade of greenish-brown — army, perhaps, or olive. Solar farms harness the sun’s renewable energy but require large swaths of land and rare Earth metals. Wind power has a minimal carbon footprint, but, like solar, gets stored in…

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